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US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour

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Overview

Step back in time to World War II on a US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour and commemorate the United States Marines who arrived in New Zealand to prepare for combat duties in the Pacific.

Thousands of US Marines massed in and around Wellington in 1942 to undergo training before being sent off to the War in the Pacific. They also provided a line of defence as New Zealand had already commissioned its own troops to the war effort.

Several sites in the city are included in this private day tour. On the waterfront, the first Marine ship landing is commemorated with a plaque. In the botanic gardens, we visit Anderson Park with a capacity to accommodate 4,000 troops. The Gothic Revival church of Old St. Paul’s flies the flag of the US Marine Corp as well as the 48-star US flag the troops left behind when they returned home. We move on to visit the National War Memorial to pay our respects to the New Zealand troops.

Leaving the city in a luxury Mercedes Benz Viano minivan, we head to Kapiti in the north and arrive at Queen Elizabeth II Park to view the memorial dedicated to the US Marines. We continue on to what is left of Camp MacKay. While only the foundations remain in most cases, we will get a better appreciation of what those brave men went through with stories and photographs.

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

US Marines in Wellington WWII Private Tour, New Zealand

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